This Is What 670 Million People Without Power Look Like: Pictures From A Blacked Out India

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First thing today we reported that India just suffered what may have been the biggest blackout in history, after half of the country's population of 1.2 billion, or just under 700 million was without power, as the electric grid of more than a dozen states suffered an epic collapse. Below we shares some pictures courtesy of Times of India giving some sense of what it means for two Americas worth of people to live without electricity indefinitely. Of note: the calm, peace and order despite the epic traffic jams and crowds. One wonders what would happen in the US if the entire country was without electrcity for even just one hour. Finally, one wonders what the impact to the Indian, Asian, and Global economy will be as a result of the complete halt that at least half of India - one of the world's core marginal economies - has ground to do.


India’s northwestern boundary with neighboring Pakistan is so brightly lit that the thin orange line tracing its path can be seen from space. Photo: NASA/EO

A road is packed in heavy traffics following power outage and rains in the central part of New Delhi, India, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. India's energy crisis spread over half the country Tuesday when both its eastern and northern electricity grids collapsed, leaving 600 million people without power in one of the world's biggest-ever blackouts. Traffic lights went out across New Delhi.

Heavy traffic moves along a busy road as it rains during a power-cut at the toll-gates at Gurgaon on the outskirts of New Delhi July 31, 2012. Grid failure hit India for a second day on Tuesday, cutting power to hundreds of millions of people in the populous northern and eastern states including the capital Delhi and major cities such as Kolkata.

Commuters wait for buses outside a Metro station after Delhi Metro rail services were disrupted following power outage in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. India's energy crisis cascaded over half the country Tuesday when three of its regional grids collapsed, leaving more than 600 million people without government-supplied electricity in one of the world's biggest-ever blackouts.

Commuters wait for buses outside a Metro station after Delhi Metro rail services were disrupted following power outage in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. A massive blackout hit northern and eastern India on Tuesday afternoon, leaving 600 million people without electricity in one of the world's most widespread power failures. The outage came just a day after India's northern power grid collapsed for several hours leaving cities and villages across eight states powerless.

Commuters wait in line at a Metro station after Delhi Metro rail services were disrupted following power outage in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. India's energy crisis cascaded over half the country Tuesday when three of its regional grids collapsed, leaving more than 600 million people without government-supplied electricity in one of the world's biggest-ever blackouts. The city's Metro rail system, which serves about 1.8 million people a day, immediately shut down for the second day in a row.

Passengers sit on a platform for their train to arrive as they wait for electricity to be restored at a railway station in New Delhi July 31, 2012. Grid failure hit India for a second day on Tuesday, cutting power to hundreds of millions of people in the populous northern and eastern states including the capital Delhi and major cities such as Kolkata.

Passengers rest on a platform for their train to arrive as they wait for electricity to be restored at a railway station in New Delhi July 31, 2012. Grid failure hit India for a second day on Tuesday, cutting power to hundreds of millions of people in the populous northern and eastern states including the capital Delhi and major cities such as Kolkata.

A passenger looks through the window of a train as he waits for electricity to be restored at a railway station in New Delhi July 31, 2012. Grid failure hit India for a second day on Tuesday, cutting power to hundreds of millions of people in the populous northern and eastern states including the capital Delhi and major cities such as Kolkata.

Commuters crowd a busy road outside a Metro station after Delhi Metro rail services were disrupted following power outage in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Indian officials say the nation's northern and eastern power grids have failed, leaving about half the country without power. The collapse of the grids Tuesday afternoon came a day after the northern grid failed and left eight states without power for much of the day.

Indian stranded passengers wait on a platform and some of them on rail tracks for the train services to resume following a power outage at Sealdah station in Kolkata, India, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. India's energy crisis cascaded over half the country Tuesday when three of its regional grids collapsed, leaving 620 million people without government-supplied electricity for several hours in, by far, the world's biggest-ever blackout. Hundreds of trains stalled across the country and traffic lights went out, causing widespread traffic jams in New Delhi.

Stranded passengers wait on a railway tracks for the train services to resume following a power outage at Sealdah station in Kolkata, India, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. India's energy crisis cascaded over half the country Tuesday when three of its regional grids collapsed, leaving 620 million people without government-supplied electricity for several hours in, by far, the world's biggest-ever blackout. Hundreds of trains stalled across the country and traffic lights went out, causing widespread traffic jams in New Delhi.

Passengers sit in a train as they wait for power to get restore, at a railway station, in New Delhi, India, Monday, July 30, 2012. A major power outage has struck northern India, plunging cities into darkness and stranding hundreds of thousands of commuters. Trains across eight northern Indian states and metro services in New Delhi were affected by the outage that struck at about 2:30 a.m. local time.

Commuters wait for a metro train, in New Delhi, India, Monday, July 30, 2012. Northern India's power grid crashed Monday, halting hundreds of trains, forcing hospitals and airports to use backup generators and leaving 370 million people - more than the population of the United States and Canada combined - sweltering in the summer heat.

Muslim girls study in the light of candles inside a madrasa or religious school during power-cut in Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi July 30, 2012. Grid failure left more than 300 million people without power in New Delhi and much of northern India for hours on Monday in the worst blackout for more than a decade, highlighting chronic infrastructure woes holding back Asia's third-largest economy.

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bob_dabolina's picture

Looks at a lot like L.A on a good day.

Are we sure those first two pictures aren't the 405?

Death and Gravity's picture

To the reader: If you have a shred of good sense, YOU will prepare for this eventuality, where you happen to live.

camaro68ss's picture

The population that’s out of power in India equals all the united states twice over!!

Killtruck's picture

WTF? These people could take lesson from the Amish! They've been out of power for like, 100 years.

Paul Atreides's picture

This was caused by an M6-class solar flare which erupted from the active sunspot AR1532 on Saturday July 28th.

Get more info here.

The Big Ching-aso's picture

 

 

This is gonna be one hell of an Indian Slummer.

 

francis_sawyer's picture

will somebody get thru to ORI & tell him to start pedaling faster?

T-roll's picture

Thanks for the link.  I've been following some of these solar flares as the sun has been active this year.  I'm completely puzzled as to why the MSM doesn't do a better job of reporting when these things erupt.

Paul Atreides's picture

You're welcome. The MSM is not your friend, it is their job to control you not inform you.

smiler03's picture

You're spouting complete bullshit. An M class flare dealing a glancing blow to the planet wouldn't knock out a single light bulb. It might, just might, make auroras a bit brighter.

 

http://spaceweather.com/

Paul Atreides's picture

Actually it's harder to knock out a light bulb or an electronic circuit then a power grid in terms of solar flare strength. The transmission lines span thousands of miles acting as antenna and an amplifier for the incoming energy where as a light bulb has a fillament a couple inches in length. When all that energy on that one expansive power line hits a single circuit breaker...POP and out go the lights.

SimplePrinciple's picture

The solar flare's time of arrival is said to be July 31.  This outage started before that.

UP Forester's picture

Yeah, exactly.  We all know that estimates by scientists are always correct, what with San Francisco currently doing it's impression of Atlantis....

short-swap's picture

The term 'glancing blow' is very subjective for a supposedly scientific website, which I had already seen before reading your post. Yes, the M classification is of lesser magnitude but your statement that it wouldn't knock out a lightbulb is a bit of a stretch as well.

Power outages aside, one has to wonder the extent to which these energy blasts from the sun are affecting the climate.... I would venture to guess a bit more than the exhaust pipes of American SUV's.

Landrew's picture

I met these guys working on Tololo. Great guys who now rely on funding from U.S. Air Force as their only hope to stay on. Hydrogen Alpha spectrum photospherehttp://halpha.nso.edu/movie_C.html 

disabledvet's picture

And they don't even do that well. "how could you destroy my evil loveliness!"

BeetleBailey's picture

"I'm completely puzzled as to why the MSM doesn't do a better job of reporting when these things erupt."

 

LOL....LMAO...good one.

Add this to the HUGE FUCKING LIST of things the MSM doesn't report on.

In addition, this would muddy the waters on their asinine global warm/global cool....er climate change fucking LIE.

Moreover, none of these morons know jack shit when it comes to ............just about.....ANYTHING......

francis_sawyer's picture

easy answer... It wasn't on the teleprompter...

Jack Napier's picture

And I'm Ron Burgundy. Go uNF yourself, San Diego.

The Big Ching-aso's picture

 

 

This is nuthin.  If U wanna see real blackouts go to Compton, Watts or Inglewood.

ncdirtdigger's picture

Lemme ax you dis, you be belienin in miffs?

francis_sawyer's picture

Wasn't that a hit song by 'JOURNEY'?... "Don't Stop Belienin"

putaipan's picture

we'll be knockin' the little jockies off the rich peoples lawwwwns......

Citxmech's picture

Just keep your nose
To the grindstone they say
Will that redeem us, Uncle Reemus?

GeezerGeek's picture

How many Americans read or watch the MSM any longer? As long as the EBT cards can be swiped, who cares? Which makes me wonder what it would be like if we had a similar failure and EBT cards no longer worked.

Renewable Life's picture

Could be an smal EMP experiment, from India's friends to the north!!!  

Jack Napier's picture

HAARP doing a little target practice?

Element's picture

Yessss! Of course!  That's what it must be!  An imaginary non-existent non-weapon has done it!

The bastards!

Because blackouts never occur due to other factors.

Quantum Nucleonics's picture

Because they happen all the time, and really are not news.  Sunspot activity is actually running below average compared to where it normally be at this point in the solar cycle.

Reptil's picture

how is the state of the nuclear plants? is my first thought

sullymandias's picture

That should be about 10 nuclear plants on backup systems at the moment, if I'm not mistaken.

Hobbleknee's picture

If that was the case, en entire hemisphere would be without power.

geewhiz190's picture

have you seen the latest issue of National Geographic?  this is exactly what the article more or less predicted-with 2013 being the peak of the cycle.

Quantum Nucleonics's picture

No it wasn't!  M class events are not normally associated with disruptive effects.  It normally takes an X-class event to cause these sorts of effects.

It was caused by India drinking the global warming kool aid, shutting down coal mining, and failing to build out their power infrastructure to match their energy consumption.  They are truly asleep at the switch.  Modern grids allow rolling brown outs to prevent this sort of total system collapse.

Element's picture

 

Paul Atreides  "This was caused by an M6-class solar flare which erupted from the active sunspot AR1532 on Saturday July 28th.

Get more info here.

Your link says:

"This is a slow-moving CME," astronomer Tony Phillips wrote on Spaceweather.com. "The cloud's low speed (382 km/s estimated) combined with its glancing trajectory suggests a weak impact is in the offing. Nevertheless, polar geomagnetic storms are possible when the cloud arrives."

 

Are solar flares prejudiced only against Indians?  Not the Chinese too?

Or perhaps it's not due to a solar flare at all.

Race Car Driver's picture

We could all take some lessons from the Amish.

FlyoverCountrySchmuck's picture

Anyine notice how many websites are down today? (India-based servers or IT staff)

Anyone notice how many sites like Twitter, Yahoo, etc are DEAD SLOW today?

salvadordaly's picture

Thought I was having problems with Outlook, now it's coming together. My yahoo account can not get mail in outlook. Phone is not able to retrieve mail either.

The Big Ching-aso's picture

 

 

If this had happened in L.A. people by now would be wearing ass chaps & sporting mohawks.